DNR head to face questions on deficient pollution policing

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The head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is facing questions about deficiencies in the department’s regulation of water pollution.

Secretary Cathy Stepp plans to attend the Natural Resources Board meeting Wednesday in Richland Center to be questioned about a legislative audit released in early June.

The audit revealed that the DNR isn’t following its own policies for policing pollution from large livestock farms and wastewater treatment plants.

The audit said the DNR failed to send violation notices to wastewater treatment plants in 94 percent of nearly 560 required instances over the past decade.

It also found that permits are extended without review for years because of a backlog and that staff members don’t have time to thoroughly monitor concentrated animal feeding operations.